Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to look thiner

Everyone has days when they feel fat. Regardless of whether the number on the scale has gone up, sometimes a girl feels bloated, sluggish, or like nothing fits. It happens to the best of us—editors included. But those of us who work in the fashion industry have an unfair advantage: We have the inside scoop on silhouettes that flatter, cuts that camouflage, and fabrics that hide the physical dirty laundry.

“Tying a plaid or a flimsy sweater around my natural waist helps direct the eye to the narrowness of my hips,” says one news editor. “It also helps to nip in a billowy top or dress. And it just looks cool.
“I tuck only one tiny part of my shirt into my jeans,” says a former fashion editor. “So, with depth perception, it looks like I have a flat stomach—if that makes sense.” Of course it does.

The best way to look like you’ve got lean limbs? An oversized knit. Much like Swedish blogger Elin Kling, one editor’s instant slimmer is "a men's sweater and leggings.” The key being that a dude’s pullover “is usually longer and baggier than a women's oversized sweater,”
One accessories editor’s go-to: “a blazer that hits below the waist, jeans, and heels. I feel less exposed with a jacket on,” she says. Another trick of the trade to feeling more pulled together? “Heels always help me to carry myself a little better.”
Any editor worth her weight in Wang knows that it’s all about capitalizing on your best assets. "Sometimes I'll wear a basic black top—jersey or stretch from Velvet or Enza Costa—paired with a looser skirt, such as this one,” says a fashion editor. “The looseness is comfortable and a bit more flattering on the legs, especially when I’m wearing heels.”

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